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Old 04-03-2011, 12:45 PM   #1
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Installing Back|Track messed up Linux Mint

Hey, i have just installed backtrack, and for some reason in GParted, it has made my other distro a partition within the backtrack partition. Maybe i shouldnt have used Guided partition but it looked fine to be. its a sort of 'sub-partition'

My question is how can i correct this, so i can boot my other distro again, or if not, whats the best way to remove backtrack without messing up linux mint

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We would need to know what your current partition structure is. Can you use a Live CD to boot, log in as root and run the command:

fdisk -l (lower case Letter L in the command).

If it is an Ubuntu or Mint CD, use sudo fdisk -l and post the information here. Also, indicate which partition you believe Backtrack to be on.
Old 04-04-2011, 11:28 AM   #3
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ok, it seems im slightly better with linux that i thought, but still bad enough to not be able to get backtrack installed without messing with GRUB

I first booted from liveCD, and using GParted deleted the partition backtrack was on +swap, i then had to move my Mint installation left and expand over the unallocated space (which took an age)

Then my GRUB was totally screwed and wouldnt boot into anything, so again onto liveCD, found my mint distro partition using the command you posted above, and mounted the necessary folders from it, to /mnt to be able to run apt-get install grub-pc

now back on my mint, i added all the info incase someone else ever searches.

Any ideas why installing backtrack made such a mess? guessing the guided partitioning didnt do what i expected? it put sda7 + 8 above 5+6 from the list below, and must have messed with the GRUB as mint was moved

Should my filesystem be like this?

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1          12       96358+  de  Dell Utility
/dev/sda2   *          13          25      102400    7  HPFS/NTFS
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda3              25       28632   229782519+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4           28633       60802   258398965+   5  Extended
/dev/sda5           28633       59809   250427392   83  Linux
/dev/sda6           59810       60802     7968768   82  Linux swap / Solaris
you see sd4, what is that, sda5 and sda6 are within it, is this normal? i guess it must be, seeing as mint is sda5 and sda6.


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